“A Russian AN-30 helicopter violated Swedish airspace on Friday,” the Swedish Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that its teams recorded the whole incident and took pictures.
The statement explained that “the plane was east of Bornholm (a Danish island in the Baltic Sea) and then headed towards Swedish territory.”
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Holtqvist condemned the Russian move.
“It is absolutely unacceptable to violate Swedish airspace. This act is unprofessional and, given the general security situation, is extremely inappropriate. Swedish sovereignty must always be respected,” Hultqvist wrote on SVT public television.
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“It is clear that we will protest through diplomatic channels,” he added.
In early March, four Russian warplanes briefly entered Swedish airspace, east of the Baltic island of Gotland.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused Sweden, a nonaligned country, to change its position regarding possible accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Currently, 54% of Swedes approve of membership, according to a Novus poll published on Saturday.
The Swedish government has set May 24 as the deadline for a decision on its candidacy for NATO.
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